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Sewing Essentials

<p>Learn how to sew in Sydney.</p><p>Sewing Essentials is the essential course for anyone wishing to learn to sew. This comprehensive course covers machine set-up, maintenance of equipment and trouble

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$399 Limited GST free / $199.50 / $319.20 / $359.10
Sewing Essentials

<p>Learn how to sew in Sydney.</p><p>Sewing Essentials is the essential course for anyone wishing to learn to sew. This comprehensive course covers machine set-up, maintenance of equipment and trouble

...
New to SCC – Sewing in the City!
$399 Limited GST free / $199.50 / $319.20 / $359.10
Sewing Essentials

<p>Learn how to sew in Sydney.</p><p>Sewing Essentials is the essential course for anyone wishing to learn to sew. This comprehensive course covers machine set-up, maintenance of equipment and trouble

...
$399 Limited GST free / $199.50 / $319.20 / $359.10
Sewing Essentials

<p>Learn how to sew in Sydney.</p><p>Sewing Essentials is the essential course for anyone wishing to learn to sew. This comprehensive course covers machine set-up, maintenance of equipment and trouble

...
New to SCC – Sewing in the City!
$399 Limited GST free / $199.50 / $319.20 / $359.10
Sewing Essentials

<p>Learn how to sew in Sydney.</p><p>Sewing Essentials is the essential course for anyone wishing to learn to sew. This comprehensive course covers machine set-up, maintenance of equipment and trouble

...
Enrol early to avoid disappointment. All classes have limited spaces.
$399 Limited GST free / $199.50 / $319.20 / $359.10
Sewing Essentials

<p>Learn how to sew in Sydney.</p><p>Sewing Essentials is the essential course for anyone wishing to learn to sew. This comprehensive course covers machine set-up, maintenance of equipment and trouble

...
New to SCC – Sewing in the City!

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Course description

Learn how to sew in Sydney.

Sewing Essentials is the essential course for anyone wishing to learn to sew. This comprehensive course covers machine set-up, maintenance of equipment and trouble shooting, how to control your machine and get to know its stitch capabilities. You will also learn about different seams and finishes, pattern cutting and by the end of the course you will have made a complete garment using all the skills you have learnt.

This course will have you well on the way to altering, repairing and producing beautiful garments for yourself and your family. You will find this course very enjoyable whilst learning a worthwhile skill for life. Once you have made your first garment this course will have you addicted to sewing!

If you want to learn Sewing in Sydney, then this course is for you.

Course content
  • Machine set-up and maintenance
  • Basic sewing and pattern cutting
  • Machine techniques and applications
  • Sewing a complete garment

Lesson 1 - Get to know your machine

  • Safe sewing tips
  • Learn about different machine parts and how they work
  • Machine set-up and adjusting thread tension
  • Machine maintenance, clean and oil
  • Stitch capabilities of machine, zigzag, stitch length etc.
  • Practice controlling speed, stopping and starting and practicing on calico with thread

Lesson 2 - Different seams and finishes

  • Sewing a flat seam, an open seam and a French seam and learn when it is appropriate to use each seam for different fabrics
  • Sewing a stitched hem, a double turned hem. Other hem finishes

Lesson 3 - Learn about patterns and cutting

  • Discuss a commercial pattern and get to know the terminology on the pattern and what all the various markings are
  • Fabric selection and spend some time learning about the perfect fabric/pattern design marriage
  • Cutting efficiently and learning about why some fabrics must be cut a certain way i.e. stretch fabrics, velvets, cords and one-way prints

Lesson 4 - Machine techniques

  • Various machine techniques will be covered in this lesson, like gathering, pleats, pockets and various other applications

Lesson 5-6 - Individual project work

  • You will have a choice of a range of simple garments which will be discussed at the beginning of the course
Outcomes

By the end of this course you will have:

  • learned how to maintain and make adjustments to machines
  • learned basic sewing and pattern cutting skills
  • made a complete garment
Please bring to class

The following items must be supplied by students and will be needed on the first night:

  • 2 meters of calico (120cm width)
  • Clear plastic Janome bobbins x 1 pkt of two
  • Pins and hand sewing needles
  • 1 reel of white and 1 reel of dark coloured sewing thread
  • 1 pair of fabric cutting scissors
  • 1 pair of small thread cutting scissors or clippers
  • Measuring tape
  • Notebook, ruler, pen and pencil to take notes
  • You are welcome to bring along your own machine (if portable) if you would prefer to learn on it
Other information

Basic kits with the bare essentials are available for purchase directly from the tutor for $20 (cash only). Each kit contains:

  • Glass head pins
  • White sewing thread
  • A tape measure
  • Thread clippers
  • A cream zipper
  • 2 x clear plastic bobbins

Please note: Additional fabric will need to be purchased for the various projects of your choice. The tutor will advise you of what you will need to buy.

NEEDLES: The machines on campus take standard domestic sewing machine needles. They will have 130/705 H on the packaging somewhere to tell you they are domestic type, which is different from the code for the size of the needle (an 80 or 90 size needle is best for use with sew-all thread).
BOBBINS: They must be plastic, not metal. They must be designed for TOP LOADING or “Drop In” machines. The best bet is to buy a pack that says it’s suitable for Singer Drop In machines or Janome Drop In machines (either one will work on both machines). Avoid “universal” bobbins as there is no one-size-fits-all bobbin.
THREAD: a quality thread brand is recommended. Some of the more common household brands are Gutermann, Rasant, Mettler, Aurifil.

  • Please wear closed in shoes.

All our sewing courses are limited to 12 places which enables the tutor to give each student plenty of one-to-one guidance and instruction.

Where?

Our Sewing Essentials course is held in two locations. Please double check the location of your preferred course.

Rozelle Campus Is situated on the corner of Gordon St and Victoria Rd in Rozelle (in the grounds of St. Joseph’s Church). If driving, there is no entry into Gordon Street from Victoria Road and you must access Gordon street from Lilyfield road.Click on the following link for directions: http://www.sydneycommunitycollege.com.au/site/203

City Campus is on level 3 of the Holmes Institute at 91 York Street in the CBD. For more information please click here http://www.sydneycommunitycollege.com.au/site/12083

Avoid disappointment. Enrol early.

Please ensure that you have given a valid email and mobile number as all course changes will be communicated via sms or email.

Course testimonials:

  • Bronwyn said: The start of the course including how to thread machines and sew seams are very good for the complete beginner sewist. I have about 12 months sewing experience and I didn't not need this training but enjoyed the lessons and the class environment. The venue is highly convenient for people who work in the CBD and myself and many of my classmates enjoyed the Tuesday evening time slot. Eranga was a thoughtful and helpful tutor however the class was slightly too large for convenient technique demonstration. As a result people would get stuck, as beginners do, and it would limit their progression. I found four lessons dedicated to technique to be too many, especially for beginners. I think it would be more beneficial to have the two classes only dedicated to pure technique, and then to sew the group project over a longer time frame. For example do fabric education and warp/weft then cut out in one week. Talk about zippers and do a zipper sample, then do the zipper in your final project the next week. Discuss handsewn good techniques and then spend the remaining lessons completing the handsewing in the remaining lesson and a half. Alternatively most of my classmates were willing to extend the length of the course, it may be more useful to offer this course over 7 or 8 weeks... Our course was rushed and nobody finished the final project. Even though I had previously sewing experience. As a result we left the class without exchanging details or celebrating our accomplishments and it all felt a bit frustrating.

  • Brigid said: Joanne is an excellent tutor and was very patient and her instructions were easy to follow. Her knowledge of sewing and dressmaking was well conveyed and the practical demonstrations were very well communicated so that you could follow her instructions. In the course I managed to complete an entire skirt. Would definitely recommend and is suitable for absolute beginnings, people with basic skills or for people who would like to refresh their sewing skills. We learnt about setting up sewing machine, understanding patterns, fabrics, putting in a zip ( excellent instruction) as well as how to adjust pattern for personal fit.

  • Loren said: The teacher was extremely helpful.